Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Online

In July 2018 there were over 300 major online English as a Second Language (ESL) schools operating. The industry is getting more sophisticated and demand is growing all the time.

 The main reasons, of course, is cheaper high-speed internet costs across the world. Students and parents wanting to be taught online because of cheaper costs, no traveling to ESL private schools, convenience and time flexibility.

With this, is a high demand for native and fluent English teachers with a TEFL / TESOL certification. Mainly from 6 native English-speaking countries (UK & Ireland, Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) Most online schools are always actively recruiting qualified TEFL teachers from these countries.

We can’t list all the schools here, but below are some of the more established schools, their requirements and how much they pay.

Rates in per hour in US Dollars

Online Schools that require a degree (in any field)

Hujiang          12 – 20          GoGoKid        14 – 20

SayABC          15 – 28          iTutorABC       14 – 24

Nicekid           15 – 24         Orange Talk     18 – 22

    Liulishuo         17 – 22         Boktutors        13 – 18

    Ingo               15 – 20         DaDa              16 – 25      

    Say ABC          15 – 25

Online Schools that don’t require a degree

Berlitz               9 – 15     Right Learning        10 – 12

EnglishDom        9 – 10     QuQuABC               17 – 23

eTeacher Group   5 – 10     HelloKid                 5 – 14

Open Languages10 – 15    Iboux                    5 – 15

IQBar                12 – 16    Go For Languages   12- 16

Online Schools offering Teaching Via Smartphone/Tablet/Apps

Cambly           10               Palfish                10-18

The Talk List   10                Face Talk            3 – 10

Rype App        9 – 11          Edoo Pad             5 – 15

Boxfish           20 – 22        SnapLingo           18 – 22

Jiliguala Ed     18 – 21         Tutoring             10 – 14

Online Freelance Platforms

Creating a profile with a platform that connects teachers with students. While some of the above teaching apps provide this service, below are some PC/Laptop based providers of this service. You set your own hours and rates so there are no average salaries listed.


   Tutorme          iTalki         Verbling        Café Talk      Verbal Planet

As you can see from the lists, you are likely to get paid more if you have a degree. If you don’t have one then expect to get paid a little less in the beginning. You can always work your way up in one company to a higher pay grade and use that reference and experience to apply to other schools.

Many ESL online teachers in this industry work for more than one school and make a good living working the hours they want, when they want and wherever they are.

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